Coronavirus Updates: Mumbai allows Covid-19 testing for everyone without doctor's prescription

For making the COVID-19 test "seamless and accessible" to all in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from Wednesday allowed testing for all, irrespective of whether they have symptoms or not.

8th July 2020 | 11:15 AM (IST)
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The Brihanmumbai City Company (BMC) on Tuesday concluded that a specialist's remedy/prescription would not be required for a COVID-19 test any longer. This has been done to expand the quantity of COVID-19 tests in the city.

Prior, just Patients with side effects and a specialist's remedy were permitted to get tested. As of late, ICMR had given rules, requesting that states get rid of the specialist's solution for coronavirus testing.

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This likewise comes as a relief for residents who need to get tested for coronavirus however don't show Symptom or a high-hazard contact.

City official Iqbal Singh Chahal took the choice to permit testing without clinical remedy taking into account increment in the number of private labs and their ability, BMC said in a discharge.

For COVID-19 testing, private labs should charge rates fixed by the legislature at ₹2,500. The rate is ₹2,800 if the test is led at home.

As per the BMC, 3,63,120 tests have been directed in the city up until now.

On Tuesday, Mumbai included 806 new cases, its least single-day figure in almost two months. The complete number of cases in Mumbai continue at 86132.

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"The @mybmc has chosen to open up testing to any person in the city without prescription/self-validation. Labs would now be able to lead RT PCR tests according to ICMR rules at the desire of anybody. This will assist residents with feeling more secure and test when they have an uncertainty, with no postponements," Aaditya Thackeray, guardian minister of Mumbai suburban district, tweeted.

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8th July 2020 | 11:15 AM (IST)
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